Better with animals than she is with the men in her life, small town veterinarian Jordan Miller is drawn to men who are as controlling and abusive as her father. Girls like Jordan who are raised by alcoholic fathers often lack self confidence. This makes them vulnerable to abusive relationships with boyfriends, husbands, or authority figures, creating a dependency not unlike alcoholism and almost as difficult to shake. Jordan isn’t lacking in determination. She manages to work her way through college and Veterinary School, yet still shows signs of weakness when her father contracts a painful terminal illness and insists she use her veterinary training to put him out of his misery. Fearful of her father, even hating him at times after a lifetime of emotional and physical abuse, Jordan has to decide whether to let him suffer or commit a crime that could end her hard-won career. Does she obey her father one last time? While this question keeps the reader turning pages, the story in Brute Heart is at times lighthearted and humorous as the young veterinarian learns about love, life, and doctoring animals. An unusual blend of James Herriot’s delightful tales and Sylvia Plath’s poem, “Daddy,” this coming of age novel will be enjoyed by animal lovers as well as fans of hardship to recovery stories and family dramas.